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The Clarens - February 2024 - Newsletter

The Clarens - February 2024 - Newsletter

Dear Member

During the dry month of February 2024, we saw 1006 rounds of golf played and only 19mm of rain.

March 2024 Calendar


‚Äć‚ÄćGreenkeepers Report

Given the dire weather conditions, special treatment was required to maintain the golf course.

With club championships taking place in March, it was a tall order to complete all the projects with little growth such as resodding certain areas of the golf course.

All the tee boxes that were under construction have been completed, all markers and penalty stakes have been repainted.

Dams were cleaned out to remove unwanted vegetation and reduce water loss.

Additional measures needed to be taken to irrigate the course and to ensure that clean water was used in the irrigation system.

New tee markers have been introduced to the course. We would like to thank all the parties involved. 

Rainfall Calendar


Membership Renewals

All members need to renew their membership, there will be no automatic renewals.

Membership documents can be obtained from the Pro shop or requested from or from Heindrich at

Business League 2024

‚ÄćWeekly Competition Results

Friday 02 Feb 2024 (IPS)

Puma Energy Competition

First Place ‚Äď Rob Silcock

Second Place ‚Äď Mark Horton


Wednesday 07 Feb 2024 (4 Ball Alliance 2 Scores to count)

Business League Round 1

First Place ‚Äď Team 99‚Äôs

Second Place ‚Äď Team Highland Girls


Friday 09 Feb 2024 (IPS)

Puma Energy Competition

First Place ‚Äď Janice Brownlee

Second Place ‚Äď Arend Gagiano


Wednesday 14 Feb 2024

18 Holes Competition

  • No Competition Took Place


Friday 16 Feb 2024

9 Holes Competition

  • No Competition Took Place¬†



Wednesday 21 Feb 2024 (IPS)

18 Holes Competition

First Place ‚Äď Arend Gagiano

Second Place ‚Äď Mark Horton


Friday 23 Feb 2024

Puma Energy Competition

First Place ‚Äď Callie van den Berg

Second Place ‚Äď Bert van Rensburg


Wednesday 28 Feb 2024 (MEDAL)

KWV Thirsty Thousand

First Place ‚Äď Gerald Storbeck

Second Place ‚Äď Leon Matthee

Third Place ‚Äď Aren Gagiano¬† ¬† ¬†


HNA News


“Dear Golfer

This month, we share some detail of the upcoming changes to the HNA system, which are scheduled to go live on the 1st March.

These changes, form part of 2024 World Handicap System‚ĄĘ Rules of Handicapping.¬†

From 1 March 2024, the HNA system will use an ‚Äúexpected score‚ÄĚ formula to take nine-hole scores and convert¬†them to an 18-hole adjusted gross score, and it will also be used for an 18-hole round, where holes were not completed.¬†¬†

How will the new formula work? 

By using the data gathered from millions of scores, a scoring formula has been developed, by the World Handicap System technical team, to give a score which a player is expected to achieve over a specified number of holes on course of standard difficulty. 

The expected score is calculated by using the player‚Äôs Handicap Index¬ģ, and the formula attributes a numerical value against any hole or holes not played during a round.How will incomplete rounds be treated?

Previously, when a player had only completed 10 to 13 holes, the system applied net pars plus one additional stroke to the completed holes to give an 18-hole adjusted gross score, and when between 14-17 holes were played before stopping, then par plus any handicap strokes were used for the remaining holes, in order to allow an 18-hole score to be posted.

To facilitate this change, when players complete between 10 and 17 holes, they are required to enter their scores for the holes they have played, by selecting the hole-by-hole option on the app or system, and then by selecting ‚Äėnot played‚Äô for the holes not completed.

The system will then automatically calculate the expected scores for the holes that were not played, and post an 18-hole adjusted gross score to the players’ scoring records.9 Hole Score Entry 

There is no change to how a 9-hole score is submitted on the system, so players should continue to follow the same steps, as they did previously, when recording a 9-hole score.

What are the benefits of this change?

The calculation of an expected score, for both 9-hole scores and any incomplete rounds, will now be more accurate and based on the player’s Handicap Index rather than on just par plus strokes. The change allows more flexibility in terms of posting scores, and generates a more accurate adjusted gross score. 

An added benefit is that players will also see more equity and consistency, since the expected score is not course-specific, or reliant upon the course’s stroke index allocation.

Note:¬†Net par is still available for limited use where practical, and at the discretion of the club‚Äôs handicap or competition committee, however where possible, the expected score should be used as the default position for holes not played, and hole by hole scores entered for the completed holes.‚ÄĚ Quoted from Handicap Network Africa


Rule for the Month


Rule 5: Playing the Round

Purpose of the Rule.


Rule 5 covers how to play a round¬†‚Äď Such as where and when a player practise on the course before or during a round, when a round starts and ends and what happens when play has to stop or resume.

Players are expected to:

  • Start each round on time, and play continuously and at a prompt pace during each hole until the round is completed.
  • When it is a player‚Äôs turn to play, it is recommended that they make the stroke in no more then 40 seconds, and usually more quickly than that.


Rule 5.1: Meaning of Round

A¬†‚ÄúRound‚Ä̬†is 18 or fewer holes played in the order se by the¬†Committee.

When a round ends in a tie and play will go on until there is a winner:

  • Tied Match Extended One hole at a Time.¬†This is the continuation of the same round, not a new round.
  • Play-off in Stroke Play.¬†This is a new round.

A player is playing their round from when it starts until it ends (see Rule 5.3), Except while play is stopped under Rule 5.7a.

When a Rule refers to actions taken “during a round, that does not include while play is stopped under Rule 5.7a unless the Rule says otherwise.


Rule 5.2 Practising on Course Before or Between Rounds

  • ‚ÄúPractising on the course‚ÄĚ means playing a ball, or testing the surface of the¬†putting green¬†of any hole by rolling a ball or rubbing the surface, and the limitations on practising on the¬†course¬†before or between¬†rounds¬†apply only to the player, not the player‚Äôs caddie.

5.2a Match Play

A player may practise on the course before a round or between rounds of a match-play competition.

5.2b Stroke Play

On the day of a stroke-play competition:

  • A player must not practise on the course before a¬†round,¬†except¬†that the player may:
    • Practise putting or chipping on or near their first teeing area.
    • Practise on any practise area.
    • Practise on or near the¬†putting green¬†of the hole just completed even if they will play that hole again on the same day (see Rule 5.5b)
  • A player may practise on the course after completing play of their final rounds for that day.

If a player makes a stroke in breach of this Rule, they get the general penalty applied to their first hole. If they make an additional stroke in breach of this Rule, they are disqualified.


See Committee Procedures, Section 8: Model Local Rulel-1 (In either form of play, the committee may adopt a Local Rule prohibiting, restricting, or allowing practise on the course before or between rounds).


Rule 5.3 Starting and Ending Round

5.3a When to Start Rounds

A player’s rounds starts when the player makes a stroke to start their first hole (see Rule 6.1a).

The player must start at (and not before) their starting time:

  • This means that a player must be ready to play at the starting time and starting point set by the¬†committee.
  • A starting time set by the¬†Committee¬†is treated as an exact time (for example, 9am means 9:00:00 am, not any time until 9:01am).

If the starting time is delayed for any reason (such as weather, slow play of other groups or need for a ruling by a referee), there is no breach of this Rule if the player is present and ready to play when the player’s group is ready to start.

Penalty for Breach of Rule 5.3a: Disqualification, Except in these three cases:

  • Exception 1 ‚ÄstPlayers Arrives at Starting Point, Ready to Play, No More Then Five Minutes Late: The player gets the¬†general penalty¬†applied to their first hole.
  • Exception 2 ‚ÄstPlayer Starts No More Than Five Minutes Early: The player gets the¬†general penalty¬†applied to there first hole.
  • Exception 3 ‚ÄstCommittee Decided that Exceptional Circumstances Prevented Players from Starting on Time: there is no breach of this Rule with no penalty.

5.3b When Round Ends

A player’s round ends:

  • In¬†match play, when the result of the match is decided under Rule 3.2a(3) or (4).
  • In¬†stroke play, then the player¬†holes out¬†at the final hole (including correction of a mistake, such as under Rule 6.1 or 14.7b).

See Rule 21.1e, 21.2e, 21.3e and 23.3b (when a round starts and ends in other forms of stroke play and in Four-Ball).


Rule 5.4 Playing in Groups

5.4a Match Play

During a round, the player and opponent must play each hole in the same group.

5.4b Stroke Play

During a round, the player must remain in the group set by the Committee, unless the Committee approves a change either before or after it happens.

Penalty for Breach of Rule 5.4: Disqualification.


Rule 5.5 Practising During Round or While Play Is Stopped

5.5a No Practise Stoke While Playing Hole

While playing a hole, a player must not make a practise stroke at any ball on or off the course.

These are not practise strokes:

  • A practise swing made with no intent to strike a ball.
  • Hitting a ball back to a practise area or to another player, when done solely as a courtesy.
  • Strokes¬†made by a player in playing out a hole whose result has been decided.

5.5b Restriction on Practise Strokes After Completing Hole

After completing play of a hole, but before making a stroke to begin another hole, a player must not make a practise stroke.

Exception ‚ÄstWhere Player Allowed to Practise Putting or Chipping: The Player may practise putting or chipping on or near:

  • The¬†putting green¬†of the hole just completed and any practice green (see Rule 13.1e), and the¬†teeing area¬†of the next hole.

But such practise stokes must not be made from a bunker and must not unreasonably delay play (see Rule 5.6a).

See Committee Procedures, Section 8: Model Local Rule I-2 (The Committee may adopt a Local Rule prohibiting players from practising putting or chipping on or near the putting green of the hole just completed).

5.5c Practise While Play Is Suspended or Otherwise Stopped

While play is suspended or otherwise stopped under Rule 5.7a, a player must not make a practise stroke except:

  • As allowed under Rule 5.5b,
  • Anywhere outside the¬†course¬†the¬†committee¬†allows.

If a match is stopped by agreement of the players and will not be resumed on the same day, the players may practise on the course without restriction before the match is resumed.

Penalty for Breach of Rule 5.5: General Penalty.

If the breach happens between two holes, the penalty applies to the next hole.


Rule 5.6 Unreasonable Delay; Prompt Pace of Play

5.6a Unreasonable Delay of Play

A player must not unreasonably delay play, either when playing a hole or between two holes.

A player may be allowed a short delay for certain reasons, such as:

  • When a Player seeks help from a¬†referee¬†or the¬†Committee,
  • When a player becomes injured or ill, or when there is another good reason,

Penalty for Breach of Rule 5.6a:

  • Penalty for first breach:¬†One penalty stroke
  • Penalty for second breach:¬†General Penalty
  • Penalty for third breach:¬†Disqualification

if the player unreasonably delays play between two holes, the penalty applies to the next hole.

See Rule 25.6a (Application of Rule 5.6a to players with disabilities)

5.6b Prompt Pace of Play

A round of golf is meant to be played at a prompt pace.

Each player should recognize that their pace of play is likely to affect how long it will take other players to play their rounds, including both those in the player’s own group and those in following groups.

Players are encouraged to allow faster groups to play through.

  1. Pace of Play Recommendations. The players should play at a prompt pace throughout the round, including the time take to:
  • Prepared for and make each¬†stoke.
  • Move from one place to another between¬†strokes.
  • Move to the next¬†teeing area¬†after completing a hole.

A player should prepare in advance for the next stroke and be ready to play when it is their turn.

When it is the player’s turn to play:

  • It is recommended that the player making the¬†stroke¬†in no more than 40 seconds after they are (or should be) able to play without interference or distraction, and the player should usually be able to play more quickly than that and is encouraged to do so.
  1. Playing Out of Turn to Help Pace of Play. Depending on the form of play, there are times when players may play out of turn to help the place of play:
  • In¬†match play, the players may agree that one of them will play out of turn to save time (see Rule 6.4a Exception).
  • In¬†stroke play, players may play ‚Äúready golf‚ÄĚ in a safe and responsible way (see Rule 6.4b(2)).
  1. Committee Pace of Play Policy. To encourage and enforce prompt play, the Committee should adopt a Local Rule setting a Pace of Play Policy.

The Policy may set maximum time to complete a round, a hole or series of holes and a stroke, and it may set penalties for not following the Policy.

See Committee Procedures, Section 5G (recommendations on contents of Pace of Play Policy).


Rule 5.7 Stopping Play; Resuming Play

5.7a When Players May or Must Stop Play

During a round, a player must not stop play except in these cases:

  • Suspension by Committee:¬†All players must stop play if the¬†Committee¬†suspends play (see Rule 5.7b).
  • Stopping Play by Agreement in Match play:¬†Players in a match may agree to stop play for any reason,¬†except¬†if doing so delays the competition. If they agree to stop play and then one player wants to resume play, the agreement has ended and the other players must resume play.
  • Individual Player Stopped Play Because of Lighting:¬†A player may stop play if they reasonably believe there is danger from lighting,¬†but¬†must report to the¬†Committee¬†as soon as possible.

Leaving the course is not, by itself, stopping play. A player’s delay of play is covered in Rule 5.6a, not by this Rule.

If a player stops play for any reason not allowed under this Rule or fails to report to the Committee when required to do so, the player is disqualified.

5.7b What Players Must Do When Committee Suspends Play

There are two types of Committee suspensions of play, each with different requirements for when players must stop play.

  1. Immediate Suspension (Such as When There Is Imminent Danger).
    • If the¬†Committee¬†declares an immediate suspension of play, a player must not make another¬†stroke¬†until the¬†Committee¬†resumes play. The¬†Committee¬†should use a distinct method of telling players about an immediate suspension.
  1. Normal Suspension (Such as for Darkness or Unplayable Course).
    • If the¬†Committee¬†suspends play for normal reasons, what happens next depends on where each playing group is:
      • The players are allowed a brief amount of time (which normally should be no more than two minutes) to decide whether to stop play or play out the hole.
      • If the players continues play of the hole, they may go on to complete the hole or may stop before completing the hole.
      • Once the players completed the hole or stop before completing the hole, they must not make another¬†stoke¬†until the¬†Committee¬†resumes play under Rule 5.7c.
      • Between Holes:¬†If all players in the group are between two holes, they must stop play and not make a¬†stoke¬†to begin another hole until the¬†Committee¬†resumes play.
      • While Playing Hole:¬†If any player in the group has started a hole, the players may choose either to stop play or to play out the hole.
    • If the players do not agree on what to do:
      • Match Play:¬†If the¬†opponent¬†stops play, the player must also stop play and both players must not play again until the¬†Committee¬†resumes play. If the player does not stop play, the players gets the¬†general penalty (loss of hole).
      • Stroke Play:¬†Any player in the group may choose to stop play or go on to continue the hole, no matter what the others in the group decided to do,¬†except¬†that the player may continue play only if the player‚Äôs¬†marker¬†stays to keep the player‚Äôs score.

Penalty for Breach of Rule 5.7b: Disqualification.

Exception ‚Äď No Penalty If Committee Decides That Failure to Stop Was Justified:¬†There is no breach of this Rule and no penalty if the¬†Committee¬†decides that circumstances justified that player‚Äôs failure to stop play when required to do so.

See Committee Procedures, Section 8; Model Local Rule J-1 (recommended ways for Committee to indicate immediate and normal suspensions to players).

5.7c What Players Must Do When Play Resumes

  1. Where to Resume Play:  A player must resume play from where they stopped play on a hole or, if between two holes, at the next teeing area, even is play resumed on a later day. If a player resumes play from a different spot than where they stopped play, see Rules 6.1b and 14.7.
  2. When to Resume Play: The Players must be present at the location identified in (1) and ready to play:
  • At the time set by the¬†Committee¬†for play to resume, and the players must resume play at (and not before) that time.

If the ability to resume play is delayed for any reason (such as when players in the group ahead need to play first and move out of the way), there is no breach of the Rule if the player is present and ready to play when the player’s group is able to resume play.

Penalty for Breach of Rule 5.7c(2): Disqualification.

Exception to Disqualification for Failure to Resume on Time: Exception 1, 2 and 3 in Rule 5.3a and the Exception to Rule 5.7b apply here as well.

5.7d Lifting Ball When Play Stops; Replacing and Substituting Ball When Play Resumes

  1. Lifting Ball When Play Stops or Before Play Resumes: When stopping play of a hole under this Rule, the player may mark the spot of their ball and lift the ball (see Rule 14.1).

Either before or when play is resumed:

  • When Player‚Äôs Ball Was Lifted When Play Stopped:¬†The Players must¬†replace¬†the original ball or another on the original spot (which if not known must be estimated)(see Rule 14.2)
  • When player‚Äôs Ball Was Not Lifted When Play Stopped:¬†The players may play the ball as it lies, or may¬†mark¬†the spot of the ball, lift the ball (see Rule 14.1) and¬†replace¬†that ball or another ball on the original spot (see Rule 14.2).

In either case:

  • If the¬†lie¬†of the ball is altered as a result of lifting the ball, the player must¬†replace¬†that ball or another ball as required under Rule 14.2d.
  • If the¬†lie¬†of the ball is altered after the ball was lifted and before a ball is¬†Replaced, Rule 14.2d does not apply:
    • The original ball or another ball must be¬†replaced¬†n the original spot (which if not known must be estimated)(see Rule 14.2)
    • But¬†if the¬†lie¬†or other conditions affecting the stroke were worsened during this time, Rule 8.1d applies.
  1. What to Do If Ball or Ball-Marker Is Moved While Play Stopped: if the player’s ball or ball-marker is moved in any way before play resumes (including by natural forces), the player must either:
  • Replace¬†the original ball or another ball on the original spot (which if not known must be estimated)(see Rule 14.2) or place a¬†ball-marker¬†to mark that original spot, and then¬†replace¬†the original ball or another ball on that spot (see Rule 14.1 and 14.2).

If the player’s conditions affecting the stroke were worsened while play was stopped, see Rule 8.1d


Penalty for Playing Ball from Wrong Place in Breach of Rule 5.7d: General Penalty under Rule 14.a.

Kind Regards

Heindrich Dyer

Golf Director

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